The main reason cited for unemployment was limitations due to health or disability (41%). In just over a third of circumstances, parenting (27%) and caring (10%) responsibilities were cited as reasons for unemployment. Almost one quarter of respondents said they could not find work (21%) (Chart 5d).
Many participant comments reflected a desire to work, but expressed frustration due to lack of experience preventing entry to the workforce, lack of options that take into account caring responsibilities and the lack of employment options generally. Poor health was also identified as major contributing factor that restricted access to employment, although many respondents commented that even with compromised health they wanted to work, if they could find a job that would accommodate their needs.
In total, 90 per cent of respondents were in receipt of an income support payment. For those individuals who are unemployed, over one third were in receipt of the Newstart Allowance (34%), 30 per cent were on a Disability Support Payment and 20 per cent were in receipt of the Parenting Payment (single rate) (Chart 6).